Wordless Wednesday – My Favorite Disney Transportation!

Focused on the MagicWelcome to this week’s edition of the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop! This series, which is always hosted by my good friend Deb from Focused on the Magic, brings the best of Disney photography to you each and every week. This week, we are sharing with you our Favorite Disney Transportation! This is always a hard call for me, so instead of one favorite, I’m sharing with you my favorites — and also my not-so-favorites! Enjoy!

Who doesn't love the Monorail?

Who doesn’t love the Monorail?

I love a good train ride, don't you?

I love a good train ride, don’t you?

 

Speaking of trains, how about a ride on The Roy O. Disney?

Speaking of trains, how about a ride on The Roy O. Disney?

On a hot day, nothing beats a ride down the river on a raft to cool you down!

On a hot day, nothing beats a ride down the river on a raft to cool you down!

 

Or a trip on Splash Mountain!

Or a trip on Splash Mountain!

Bouncing along the Kilimanjaro Safari route is fun also!

Bouncing along the Kilimanjaro Safari route is fun also!

And so is Expedition Everest!

And so is Expedition Everest!

Walt's Railroad

Walt’s Railroad

I like to ride in this stretch limo!

I like to ride in this stretch limo!

A relaxing boat ride

A relaxing boat ride

I've never ridden in this vehicle, but it would be really cool!

I’ve never ridden in this vehicle, but it would be really cool!

This was Sophie's first Disney roller coaster -- we loved it!

This was Sophie’s first Disney roller coaster — we loved it!

I like to ride this -- but not at the spinning speed that Sophie likes!

I like to ride this — but not at the spinning speed that Sophie likes!

Now that you know all the forms of Disney Transportation that I do like, how about a small detour into some forms of Disney Transportation that I don’t like?  Enjoy!

I know that the monkeys like this form of transportation, but I wouldn't!

I know that the monkeys like this form of transportation, but I wouldn’t!

I don’t think any dad is ever going to like the thought of this in a few years!

I hope that you enjoyed my look at some of my favorite Disney Transportation methods.  This was certainly an unorthodox look at transportation, but I enjoyed it!  Thanks for stopping by, you can find the rest of the entries by clicking on the button at the top of the post!  Thanks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Walt Disney World Railroad – A Magic Kingdom Original

The Roy O. Disney

The Roy O. Disney

There is so much to talk about when it comes to the Walt Disney World Railroad, I hardly know where to begin!  As most of you know, Walt Disney was an avid railroad enthusiast, and even had a train setup in his backyard!  It was called the Carolwood Pacific Railroad, and he loved to navigate around his yard on his trains!  Additionally, as you all know, Mickey Mouse was created by Walt Disney as he was on a train from New York, after he lost the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to Universal.  So it is no surprise that Walt Disney incorporated trains at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

The Walt Disney World Railroad was in operation on Day One, October 1, 1971.  The four main locomotives were built between 1916 and 1928 by Baldwin Locomotive Works.

No. 1 Train: “Walter E. Disney”

Of course, the number one train in the fleet at Walt Disney World was the Walter E. Disney, a 4-6-0 “Ten Wheeler”.  This train was built in 1925, and is identical to the No. 3 Train that I’ll discuss in a bit.

No. 2 Train: “Lilly Belle”

This train, built in 1928, the same year that Mickey Mouse was created, is a 2-6-0 “Mogul” train.

No. 3 Train: “Roger E. Broggie”

Roger Broggie was instrumental in acquiring the locomotives for Walt Disney World, and in fact, actually worked with Walt on building the Carolwood Pacific Railroad line in Walt’s backyard.  The No. 1 train and the No. 3 train are one serial number apart, and as such, they are known as the “twins.”

No. 4 Train: “Roy O. Disney”

This locomotive is a 4-4-0 “American” built in 1916, and is the oldest of the four trains.  When the trains were being named, the story goes that the Imagineers asked Roy if he wanted to have his name on the No. 3 Train since they were identical.  Roy declined, saying that he “didn’t want to be compared to all the great things Walt had done.”  This blogger would like to tell Roy that he did some pretty great things himself.

Train Operation

The Walt Disney World Railroad has three stops — one at Main Street, U.S.A., one at Frontierland, and one at Fantasyland, which used to be the stop for Mickey’s Toontown Fair.  You can get on and off at any of the three locations, and you can also, to the best of my knowledge, stay on the train for multiple loops around the Magic Kingdom.  One complete loop around the Park is about 20 minutes in length.

The Walt Disney World Railroad plays an instrumental role during the Magic Kingdom “Rope Drop” ceremony that opens the park.  Mickey, Minnie, and a whole slew of characters will welcome you to the park, and Mickey will count down from 10 for the park to open!

Conclusion

The Walt Disney World Railroad is a classic Disney attraction, and is well worth taking a ride on.  As you navigate the park, you’ll see special areas that the Imagineers have created to feature on the ride.  This relaxing trip will allow you to take a load off your feet while still enjoying all that Disney has to offer.  Enjoy!

I’m sharing this post as part of the #ThrowbackThursday post from my friends over at Frontierland Station! Here are the links, click on them and check out the great entries!

Thanks, and make it a Disney Day everyone!

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia!

Welcome back to another Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia everyone! Along with my pals Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, and Heidi from Heidi’s Head, I’m Mike from My Dreams of Disney, here to share some fun little Disney Trivia!

We love creating these posts for you, but we also love reading the trivia that you all come up with!  Last week we had some great contributions to the collection, so keep the momentum going this week, and thanks!  This week, we are pulling from two resources for some great Disney trivia.  The first is This Day in Disney History.

Did You Know: That on October 15, 2010, Disney Legend Dave Smith, the founder and head of the Disney Archives, puts in his final day of work at the Burbank studio. Smith started the archives after being approached by Walt Disney’s family, including Roy O. Disney four years after Walt’s death in 1966, to preserve the history of the company. “I will take a lot of memories with me.” -Dave Smith

Now that you have seen that little Did You Know segment, let’s also dive into the book that Mr. Smith wrote, Disney Trivia from the Vault: Secrets Revealed and Questions Answered, and get a second trivia tidbit for you!  It’s a ROGO (Read One, Get One) sale!

Did You Know: That there have actually been three babies born at Disneyland?!  The last time that happened was in April, 2002.  Can you imagine being born at Disneyland or Walt Disney World?!  How crazy would that be, but for the child, imagine that story to tell your friends!